Six Pix: Preachers

Six Pix presents a sextet of movie posters representing a particular actor/director/genre. You pick the one you feel is visually the most artistic or best sums up the film.

Hallelujah! It’s about time Six Pix put preachers on a pedestal. Can I get an Amen?

Included are: The Night of the Hunter (1955); Pale Rider (1985); Leap of Faith (1992); Elmer Gantry (1960); The Last Exorcism (2010); and Machine Gun Preacher (2011).

Big props for the juxtaposition of the African children leading Butler’s character on (instead of the other way around) in Machine Gun Preacher. The Last Exorcism takes a creepy scene from the movie and makes a striking poster out of it. And the poster for Elmer Gantry makes excellent use of the type surrounding the illustrations—notice that “sinners” is colored red, just as Elmer is? Ultimately, the unforgettable image of the Mitchum’s preacher sporting his LOVE and HATE tattooed fingers in Night of the Hunter beats them all…no pun intended.

Which one do you think is the winner? Should I have included something else? Tell me about it below! (And please feel free to suggest future topics.)

  • Wayne P.

    Have to agree with Night of the Hunter being the best of these, followed by Elmer Gantry and Pale Rider…lets here it for the oldies but not yet moldies!,  Now…wonder if theres a print out there of a poster from Frank Capra’s 1931 “The Miracle Woman, starring Barbara Stanwyck?  Ive always felts thats what they based Elmer Gantry on somewhat…the dramatization of her real-life story.

  • Gordon S. Jackson

    “The Wrath of God” with Robert Mitchum masquerading as machine-gun toting preacher had an interesting poster. 

    Of those on hand it’s the minimalist “Pale Rider” with honourable mention to “Leap of Faith.”  “Hunter” and “Gantry” are just too busy, at least for me.

    • Cbeledw

       I agree.  Pale Rider and Leap of Faith.  If you haven’t seen Leap of Faith, find it and see it.  The film is one of Steve Martin’s very best.  It’s a sleeper.  Hardly anyone is familiar with it.  But, in many ways, it’s a more nuanced story of an unholy preacher than Sinclair Lewis’s Elmer Gantry.  The script is by Steve Martin, and it’s probably his best.